Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center

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Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center

Transforming Nursing Education

In 2013, a new 11,000 square foot learning simulation environment opened for nursing education, research, professional development and interprofessional cooperation in Weaver-Densford Hall. The center is designed to reflect the future of health care delivery and nursing science. It includes:

  • State-of-the-art technology: Sophisticated high-tech facilities, integration of electronic health records and use of supportive technologies including mobile records systems and telehealth technology. Thirty-eight cameras make possible the observation, recording and review of simulations and exercises.
  • Simulated environments that span the continuum of care: including acute, critical, skilled, ambulatory and home care settings.
  • Designed for optimal team education and training experiences involving a range of health care professionals. The space was carefully planned by an inter-professional team for training and education.
  • Opportunities for the health care community: The School of Nursing welcomes community collaboration. Organizations may use the facility to simulate large-scale scenarios for training of hospital, university or community staff. Other organizations may be more interested in research, development and testing of products and processes in a contemporary health care environment.

Now Available for External Use

The Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center is available for for training, simulations, filming and other appropriate uses. The Bentson Center is located in on the University of Minnesota's East Bank, and is designed to reflect the future of health care delivery and nursing science. Contact us for more information.

Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center floor layout map

Active Learning Lab

Active Learning Lab

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(4-140 Weaver Densford Hall)
Flexible walls, hopital beds, portable headwalls and a medication room simulate a fully-modern health care environment. High-tech presentation and recording equipment provide a first-rate training experience.

  • Laptop computer
  • Large portable whiteboard (2)
  • 8 Hospital beds
  • Independent Learning Lab
  • Medication room with Pyxis
  • 2 Flat screens
  • 3 Video/audio recording stations
  • Projector/screen
  • Portable headwall units (4)
  • Movable walls for expansion
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi

Acute Care

Acute Care
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(4-136 Weaver Densford Hall)
This two-room suite features an anteroom and acute care room environment. Functional, modern equipment provides a realistic acute care experience.

  • Functional touch-free sink
  • Flat screen Monitor
  • Active headwall with 90 PSI compressed air
  • Anteroom
  • Video/audio recording
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi
  • Hospital bed
  • Hospital sleepter/chair
  • Flat screen monitor
  • Anesthesia machine

Classroom Space

Classroom space

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(4-130 Weaver Densford Hall)
This area features a large central meeting space that can be enclosed with a glass partition wall. Flexible work tables can be reconfigured for meeting, classroom or small group settings. A central podium controls large presentation screens located throughout the room.

  • Desktop computer
  • Classroom/iTV capability
  • Projectors (2)
  • DVD player
  • 2 Whiteboard walls
  • 70-inch touchscreen monitor (2)
  • Video/audio recording
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi
  • Video Streaming
  • Movable walls for expansion

Home Environments/Patient Room

Home Environments/Patient Room

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(4-122, 4-124 & 4-126 Weaver Densford Hall)
This area includes three connected rooms. The center room is a hospital/nursing home room, with home environment rooms, with simulated living and kitchen spaces, on either side.

Patient Room

  • patient roomHospital bed
  • Hospital sleeper chair
  • Bathroom with sink, tub, shower and toilet
  • Video/audio recording
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi
  • Overhead patient lift
  • Portable patient lift
  • Active headwall
  • Flat screen monitor
  • Functional touch-free sink

Home Environments A & B

  • Home Environments A & B 1Home Environments A & B 2Foldout sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Kitchenette with table
  • Functional sinks
  • Flatscreen monitors
  • Video/audio recording
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi

Primary Care

Primary care

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(4-114, 4-116 & 4-118 Weaver Densford Hall)
This area includes three separate, identical, adjacent clinic rooms with a large conference table just outside them.

  • Primary Care rooms A, B & C 1Primary Care rooms A, B & C 2Primary Care rooms A, B & C 3Exam table
  • Desktop computer
  • Large flat screen
  • Functional sinks
  • Wall-mounted diagnostic equipment
  • Video/audio recording
  • High-capacity conference Wi-Fi
  • Provider workstation
  • Functional touch-free sink